November 1968 : George Harrison (25.02.1943-30.11.2001 [29.11.2001 in Los Angeles, CA]) : becomes the first Beatle to issue material independently of the group with album soundtrack "Wonderwall", which reaches US #49.
March 1969 : Electronic Sound, which makes US #191, consists of Harrison experimenting with new acquisition, a moog synthesizer.
November : having become the second writing force behind Lennon and McCartney within The Beatles, the first single he has penned is released by the group, Something which hits UK #4 and US #1. (it will become a show biz standard with hundreds of cover versions recorded in the coming years.)
December : George plays a number of concerts with Delaney (Bramlett), guitar and vocals & Bonnie Lynn Bramlett, vocals.
May 26, 1970 : he begins recording All Things Must Pass released next December which hits UK #4 and US #1. After The Beatles split, George is the first to secure a chart-topping album. Released to tie in with the first non-Beatle Christmas since 1962, it achieves worldwide sales of 3 million copies. The triple album box set is a showcase of his talent and will never be equalled by future releases. Co-produced by Phil Spector, Harrison is backed by an all-star band, including Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Billy Preston, Badfinger and debut of Derek & The Dominoes, featuring Eric "Slowhand" Clapton as well as Bob Dylan...R.I.P., Mr. Harrison...
http://youtu.be/p4G2RlBKbrM (The Beatles : Within You Without You)
http://youtu.be/g-ATb5FNci8 (Paul McCartney in concert : All Things Must Pass)
Ann C. Sheridan alias Ann Calvert is an American singer. Cover from left is the one issued on RCA Victor 42548 in 1976 produced in France by Laurent Voulzy for BING BANG Music/ESSEX Music, and also available in Belgium. The two other picture covers contain 2 mistakes "She's so heavy" instead of "He's So Heavy". German Hansa international 17 226 AT, 1976 (DCC/Deutsche Club Charts #45) and the NL single also released in 1976 is issued on Ariola 17 061. Other references : UK BRADLEYS RECORDS BLAK1003, 1976 produced by David Barnes and Laurent Voulzy; CAN Amour Records A.M. 8417, 1976; US RCA PD-11049, 1976; IT Fonit Cetra S 20204, 1977. Her version tops the charts in Montreal. Arrangements : Laurent Voulzy. Photos : John Moore.
http://youtu.be/kwXlCCfY-p8 I want you (for the US army, enlist now :D)
Autant dire tout de suite que ces Rockets n'ont strictement rien à voir avec les vrais Rockets (les accompagnateurs de son premier single sorti sur (disques) festival FX 45-1342 M publié en août 1963). Tous les backing tracks enregistrés par des musiciens de studio (appartenant à Loulou Gasté) sous la direction de Caravelli étaient déjà prêts quand William s'est amené à Paris. William ne sait même pas qui ils sont ! Il ne lui restait plus qu'à chanter. Deux chansons (s) Lennon-McCartney se trouvent sur ce second et dernier EP sorti chez Festival : France FX 45 1359 M et en Belgique FEP 1359 publié en janvier 1964. Deux chansons écrites pour leurs amis Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas (Bad To Me et I Call Your Name, sortis sur le même 45 tours Parlophone le 26 juillet 1963). Les adaptations en français ont été réalisées par Jil/Gilbert Guénet et Jan/Roger-Jean Setti pour Tu Changeras d'Avis et par Jacques Vatty pour Plus La Même. http://youtu.be/K52RpnR0qzU (Tu changeras d'avis) - Photo : © Stephan Koenig - 22 novembre 2011.
Original Canadian single from Quebec, kébec-disc KD-9302, 1977
Original UK single EMI / HARVEST HAR5143, 1977
Original NL and BEL cover picture made in The Netherlands
Original NL and BEL 45rpm7" EMI-Bovema / EMI 5C 006-99597, 1977
Original NL and BEL picture cover backside
Other references : GER : EMI-Electrola 1C 006-99597, 1977
BEL : EMI / BIMBO-LAURENT ROSSI BLR-555, 1977
FR : EMI / BIMBO records BLR-5555, 1977
IT: EMI 3C 006-99597, 1977
SP: EMI / Odeon 10 C 006-99.597, 1977
N.B. : citations ininterrompues - unlimited citations http://youtu.be/PFAupznm6qk (maxi version)
Charts : NL #17 - SE #18
Arrangements : Georges and/et Michel Costa
Engineer/ingénieur du son : Jéhol Van Bay
Photos pochette : H. Vassal
Café Crème est un quatuor canadien du Québec comprenant Michel Costa, le français Laurent Rossi, Georges Costa et un quatrième resté jusqu'à présent complètement inconnu (sauf de Rossi ou des Costa :D ). Si quelqu'un en sait plus...
Certains extraits sont reliés entre eux par une très courte chanson qu'on pourrait appeler Singing With The Beatles (auteur et compositeur non crédités).
Café Crème is a Canadian quatuor from Quebec...
1961 : Elton John (b. Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Mar.25, 1947, Pinner, London), son of an ex-royal Air Force trumpeter, Stanley and his wife, Sheila Dwight, having started piano lessons at age 4 and played at a local music festival at age 12 (his early piano idols are Winifred Atwell and Charlie Kunz), has already attended the Royal Academy of Music, London, to which he won a part-time scholarship in 1958, when he joins locally performing R&B outfit Bluesology (its name taken from a Django Reinhardt disk), playing piano with existing members Stuart Brown (gtr), Rex Bishop (bs) and Mike Inkpen (drms). Their first paying gig is at the Northwood Hills hotel, Northwood, London.
December 1974 : his cover of The Beatles' Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds featuring the Reggae guitars of Dr. Winston O'Boogie alias John Lennon is issued as a single on UK DJM Records DJS-340 and released on 8 November 1974 which hits UK TOP 40 #10 and in Germany #31 [DJM 2043 002, 1975]. In America, the single is issued on MCA RECORDS MCA-40344 on 1974/11/18 and tops the Billboard TOP 100 at #1 on 1975/01/04, becoming another million-seller. B/W One Day At A Time (s) Lennon who plays the guitar. Produced by GUS DUDGEON - P. 1974 THIS RECORD CO. LIMITED.
1946 : ... Then moves to Jacksonville, FL., after his mother's death where he begins playing for his living with various bands, including The Florida Playboys, Henry Washington's Big Band and Joe Anderson's band.
1968 : US abc RECORDS with dual logo TANGERINE Records 45-11090, Eleanor Rigby makes #35 and b/w Understanding #46. UK #36 in July. (UK EMI/STATESIDE SS 2120.(b/w Understanding)-BELGIUM #30. FRANCE 1968 : first issue on EMI/Stateside FSS 580 b/w I won't leave. 2nd issue on abc 45-8023 released on 27.07.1968 b/w ELEANOR RIGBY (produced by TANGERINE Records) with A-side as The Sun Died from Il Est Mort Le Soleil originally sung by Nicoletta b. Nicole Grisoni, 11.04-1944-present. Song signed Pierre Delanoë-Hubert Giraud / adap. by Ann(e) Grégory (aka Arlette Kotchounian) and Ray Charles. French ref. : Riviera EP 231 302 M - S 121.199, 1968. http://youtu.be/VauhWg5hv0U (Nicoletta-1968) - http://youtu.be/QH81RJtakRU (Eleanor Rigby-1968)
The story about the French label Riviera (not RIVIERA nor Rivièra) is not so simple. It was founded by Eddie Barclay's (Edouard Ruault) sister Nicole in 1950. Apparently, their first releases are dating to 1953.
Ray Charles : The Sun Died : http://youtu.be/rJlQNfqfbv8
Amen Corner forms in Cardiff, Wales, it 7 members veterans of local Welsh bands - lead singer Andy Fairweather-Low having been a member of local R&B band The Taffbeats, is in The Sect Maniacs with Alan Jones (baritone sax) and brother Neil (gtr); Clive Taylor (bass) are from The Dekkas; Derek "Blue" Weaver (organ) and Dennis Bryon (drms) are from The Witnesses (not to be confused with the American band Sam Butera and The Witnesses well know mostly in Europe for their awesome dance song Bim Bam (US Capitol, 1958 and re-released in Belgium 22 years later).
1969 : group's last single is a cover of The Beatles' Get Back. Fairweather-Low, Weaver, Bryon, Taylor and Neil Jones regroup as Fair Weather; Alan Jones and Mike Smith form the nucleus of Judas Jump with Andy Bown.
UK reference : IMMEDIATE IM 084, 1969 - DNC - No YouTube video.
Chubby Checker (b. Ernest Evans, Oct. 3, 1941, Spring Gulley, South Carolina), signed under his real name to Cameo/Parkway Records in Philadelphia, PA. Cameo changes his name after Bobbie Clark notes his ressemblance to a teenage Fats Domino (Fats = Chubby; Domino = Checker).
April 1969 : signed to BUDDAH RECORDS, Checker makes a minor US chart comeback with a cover of The Beatles' White Album track Back In The U.S.S.R. which peaks at #82.
Produced by John Madera - Arranged by Tom Sellers.
US reference : Buddah Records BDA 100, 04/1969.
This band is formed in 1959. In 1966, it includes Clifford Bennett (vocals), b. 4 June 1940, Slough, Berkshire, England; David Peacock (lead gtr), b. 24 May 1945, Ponders End, Middlesex; Chas/Charles Hodges (keys, bs gtr), b. 28 December 1943, Edmonton, North London; Michael Burt (drs), b. 23 August 1938, Middlesex; and later famous the pianist Nicky/Nicholas Hopkins, b. 24 February 1944, Perivale (Harlesden), North West London - d. 6 September 1994, Nashville, TEN. (USA). This 45rpm7" is issued on EMI/PARLOPHONE R 5489 in August 1966 and hits UK TOP 40 #6 (according to other sources it hits UK #3). Produced by famous Paul McCartney. They had 2 hits on Parlophone: the Drifters' "One Way Love" (1964) and this one in 1966, but their records never went beyond a highly efficient plagiarism. Bennett later formed an unsuccessful progressive rock band, TOE FAT.
At the time of recording Twist And Shout, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes consist of Brian Poole (vcls); Rick West [Richard Westwood] (lead gtr); Alan Blakley (rhythm gtr); Alan Howard (bs gtr) and Dave Munden (drums).
July 1961: the group plays i.a. a summer season as a successful rock ballroom band at Butlin's holiday camp at Ayr, Scotland, billed as Brian Poole & The Tremilos.
Dec. 1961: group turns professional after an audition for DECCA Records.
Jan. 1962: group is signed to DECCA after being selected in preference to The Beatles, both groups auditioning on New Year's Day, but local availability swings it for producer Mike Smith when he has to choose.
July 1963: DECCA releases Twist And Shout. Belgium 45rpm7" is also released in July. Reference: 23.416 / DR 45/31065. Left: LP cover picture LK.4550 - (EP DECCA F11694, 12.07.1963).
Aug. 1963: group hits UK #4 with its cover of Twist And Shout, hugely popular on The Beatles debut album but not available as a Beatles single. Further progress is halted by The Beatles EP Twist And Shout, which is a bigger-seller. Lennon's vocal for their cover of The Isley Brothers' cover version [o.v. by The Top Notes in 1961] is recorded in 1 take as an afterthought to complete the album's tracks.
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra...La la how the life goes on. Desmond has a barrow in the market place....Sitll written by the famous duet John Lennon and Paul McCartney especially for Desmond Dekker who has lived in the St. Thomas township and has worked as an engineering welder before joining studio group THE ACES, records his first Jamaican single, Honour Your Mother And Father, for Yabba label in 1963. France picture cover from 1968...And if you want some FUN, take obladi blada, hey ! Ob-la-di, ob-la-da is Yoruba-speaking from Nigeria...La vie continue...
As for THE MARMALADE from Glasgow, Scotland (originally formed in 1961 as "THE GAYLORDS [not to be confused with the American vocal band of the same name] consisting of Dean Ford (lead vcls) a.k.a. Thomas McAleese, Alan Whitehead (drms); William "Junior" Campbell (lead gtr); John Graham Knight (bs gtr, vcls); Patrick Fairley (rhythm gtr) sell around 1,000,000 copies in the U.K. by April 1969...And if you want some JAM...take obladi blada, hey !
The band charts UK #1 on 31.12.1968 and re-charts UK #1 on 14.01.1969; Belgium #2 in 01/1969; Austria (from 15/3 to 15/4/1969) & Norway #1; CH #2 in 01/1969; GER #3 in 01/1969; NL #4 in 12/1968.
OB-LA-DI OB-LA-DA : CBS 3892 released in December 1968 : THE MARMALADE With Orchestra Arranged By Keith Mansfield. Produced By Mike Smith. http://youtu.be/_qSOhp1HGwg (Marmalade)
The pictures covers from left is an NL pressing and the second one comes from Belgium. Bra ? Pour les canadiens c'est un soutien-gorge mais pas en anglais : bra signifie "brassière". D'ailleurs qu'aurait fait Desmond Dekker avec un soutien-gorge ? Je me le demande! Surtout que c'est un marchand de quatre saisons...La version en espagnol de Los Mustang "Obladi Oblada" n'est pas en reste. EMI/La voz de su amo J-006.20.012, 1969.
***Soulman Arthur Conley (4.01.1946 [Atlanta, Georgia] - 17.11.2003 records it just a few months after Otis Redding's death (b/w self-penned Otis sleep on) featuring Duane Allman to the guitar.
*** Conley's cover version is issued on ATCO Records 45-6640 and released on 1968/12/21. The song makes US TOP 100 #51 and R'N'B charts #41 in January 1969. Produced by Tom Dowd. Recorded at Fame Studios, Muscle Shoal's, Alabama. France hitparade : #14 in February 1969.***December 10, 1967: en route to a concert in the Mid-West, the twin-engined chartered plane carrying Redding and his road band, The Bar-Kays (Soulfinger/A Hard Day's Night), goes down in the icy waters of Lake Monoma, near Madison, WI. The only survivor is Memphis-born - Ben Cauley - at 20. the oldest of The Bar-Kays. Conley: 1941/09/09 - 1967/10/12. R.I.P.
Bill Haley y Sus Cometas : A Gusto Contigo (taken from the Orfeón LP 12 354 "Bill Haley y sus cometas - SURF SURF SURF", 1964 (source: YouTube video) from the French and sung cover version by Petula Clark "Je Me Sens Bien (Auprès De Toi)" issued on disques vogue EPL. 8078, 1963 - FR.-sp. region of Belgium #3, 8/1963 / Dutch-sp. region #16, 7/1963. Adapted by Jacques Plante from The (UK) Shadows' DANCE ON issued on EMI/Columbia DB 4948, UK, 12/1962 - EP SEG 8233, 03/1963. France : EMI-Pathé Marconi/Columbia EP ESDF 1457, 03/1963.
A Gusto Contigo : Bill Haley (vcl, rhythm gtr); Johnny Kay (lead gtr); Rudy Pompilli (tenor sax); Al Rappa (bs gtr); Dave Holly (drums), unknown keyboardist. Source : Chris Gardner's Bill Haley database
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta0t7PLMtK0&feature=co... (A Gusto Contigo).
http://youtu.be/PZufFRQ-5MQ (Petula Clark)
Joyce Bond : UK island WIP - 6051, 12/1968 - US DECCA 32 433, 12/1968 b/w Robin Hood Rides Again.
Arranged and produced by Les Carter.
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da was especially written by Lennon and McCartney for Jamaican singer Desmond Dekker, born Desmond Adolphus DACRES (16.7.1941-25.5.2006).
The Bedrocks from Leeds makes UK #20 in December 1968.
The group includes Trevor Wisdom (vls), William Hixon (organ), Owen Wisdom (gtr), Reg Challenger (bs), Paul Douglas ( drs) and Leroy Mills (brass).
UK reference : EMI/Columbia DB 8516, 12/1968.
Also released in Yougoslavia on JUGOTON SC 8245, 12/1968
The Spectrums' cover version makes #19 in Germany in Dec. 1968.
Issued on RCA Victor RCA 1775, 20.12.1968. Arranged and produced by Harry Roberts.
German reference : RCA Victor 47-15 098, 20/12/1968. DNC
The UK group includes Antony Atkins (ld gtr), Peter Wood (organ), Colin Forsey (vcls, rhyth. gtr), his brother Keith Forsey (drums) and Tony Judd (bs).